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The Ferris House


The Ferris HousECirca 1640-1688

Ferris House Donation

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The Ferris House


The Ferris HousECirca 1640-1688

Ferris House Donation

The Ferris House is...

The OLDEST house of Greenwich.

UNIQUE, in that it is on its original site.

On the site of the FIRST house in Greenwich.

Among the oldest houses in America.

Saved from demolition and undergoing restoration by the Greenwich Point Conservancy under a Strategic Alliance Agreement.

Will be open to the public on a limited basis after completion of the restoration ( Like Philip Johnson's Glass House in New Caanan and The Brant Foundation Barn in Conyers Farm).

 

JEFFREY FERRIS HOMESTEAD

  • Jeffrey Ferris purchased the Elizabeth Winthrop Feake/ Hallet “manor” in 1653, including lands and homestead, when Ferris was age 43 (the homestead was constructed as the first house in Greenwich in 1640).
  • The purchase included “Elizabeth’s Neck”, upon which the Feake/ Hallet home existed, which is now known as Greenwich Point.
  • Ferris died in 1666 at age 56.
  • The Ferris Homestead passed to his sons upon his death, and was occupied by son James.
  • In 1688 the Ferris property was partitioned among his sons, with James taking title to the house/ home lot.
  • In 1689-1690 James substantially rebuilt the house, which stands intact today.
  • In 2015 a dendrochronology analysis dated the existing house to 1689-1690.
  • House thought to have been damaged by British cannon fire during Revolutionary War and repaired using original timbers.
  • Later 20th century modifications, which will be removed.

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Historic Opportunity


Historic Opportunity

The Ferris House Will be Saved

Historic Opportunity


Historic Opportunity

The Ferris House Will be Saved

Architect's Rendering of restored Ferris House

Current Condition

Jeffrey Ferris Homestead

In 1653, Jeffrey Ferris, age 43, purchased Elizabeth Winthrop Feake's "manor," including all her lands and the homestead (which was the first house in Greenwich, built in 1640).

The homestead and lands, called "Elizabeth's Neck," included the land now known as Greenwich Point.

Jeffrey Ferris died in 1666 at age 56.

Upon his death, Ferris' lands and homestead passed to his sons, and the homestead was occupied and used by Ferris' youngest son, James.

In 1688, the Jeffrey Ferris property was finally partitioned among his sons, with James taking title to the homestead/home lot.

In 1689-1690, James substantially rebuilt the house, which stands intact today.

In 2015, a dendrochronology analysis dated the existing house to 1689-1690.

The Ferris House is thought to have been damaged by British cannon fire during the Revolutionary War, and repaired using the original timbers.

There were early 20th century modifications to the Ferris House, which will be removed during the restoration.

Going forward, the GPC will manage limited public tours of the Ferris House (two weekends per year.)